Children
 Colombia
Project #13771

Helping orphans to receive education

by Fundacion CRAN

Hello!!

Your contribution is very important, that is why we want to thank you for making it possible for our children to enroll in out of school sport activities that help them to develop their full potential and to learn new skills.

“Sports have given our children the possibility to learn new and useful things for life and to recover the emotional abilities, to tone down their aggressive behavior and to feel they are good at something” assures Luisa our psychologist.

On a weekly basis twenty of our children play soccer at Liceo Boston school where the practice with boys that direct them and make them run and teach them techniques and skill specially for this sport.

This is the case of Sebastián, a thirteen year old who in his practice every Saturday this last quarter has learnt “new tricks, team work, to improve my fitness and to work with the soccer ball”. He added that “when I grow up I want to be a soccer player and play in the National football team to win and triumph”.

Currently and thanks to your support and that of many friends, we have been able to find for our children sport activities such as soccer, swimming and dancing in appropriate sites and with good coaches.

With your valuable contribution you make it possible for the stories of our children, like that of Sebastian have a happy ending with a loving family who will take care of them for a lifetime.

We invite you to keep supporting our project and to share it with your friends and family. Thank you!

Thank you for building together with us a better world for 

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(Versión en español)

Hola!!

Tu aporte es muy y es por esto que queremos agradecerte por hacer posible que nuestros niños puedan realizar actividades deportivas extracurriculares que les ayudan a desarrollar todo su potencial y aprender nuevas habilidades.

“Los deportes les han dado a nuestros niños la posibilidad de aprender algo nuevo y útil para la vida, a recuperar las habilidades emocionales, disminuir sus comportamientos agresivos y a que ellos sientan que son buenos para algo” asegura Luisa nuestra psicóloga.

Cada semana veinte de nuestros niños van a jugar fútbol al Colegio Liceo Boston donde practican con muchachos que los dirigen, los ponen a correr y les enseñan técnicas y pases propios del juego.

Es el caso de Sebastián de trece años, que durante todos los sábados de este trimestre en la Academia de fútbol aprendió  “nuevos trucos, a trabajar en equipo, a tener mejor estado físico, y a maniobrar el balón.”  Agregó que “cuando sea grande quiero ser futbolista y jugar en la selección Colombia para ganar y triunfar.”

Actualmente, gracias a tu aporte y el de muchos amigos hemos podido encontrarles a nuestros niños actividades deportivas como el fútbol, la natación y el baile en lugares adecuados y con buenos entrenadores.

Tú haces posible con tu valiosa ayuda que las historias de nuestros niños, como la de Sebastián tengan un final feliz con una familia que los ame y los cuide para toda la vida. ¡Muchas gracias por transformar vidas!

Te invitamos a seguir contribuyendo con nuestro proyecto y a difundirlo con tus amigos y familiares.

¡Gracias por construir con nosotros un mundo mejor para todos

Pamela and the children / Pamela y los chiquitos
Pamela and the children / Pamela y los chiquitos

[Abajo puedes leer la versión en español].

Hello! We are very happy because we were one of the winners of the GlobalGiving 2015 Photo Contest. We achieved it thanks to your votes and your support to encourage your friends to vote for our photo. Thank you!!

With this report, we also want to thank you and all our dear friends who support us with your donations at GlobalGiving, because you are real heroes who make possible to rewrite the stories of our children with smiles, opportunities and happy endings.

Friends like Pamela Aviles, a lawyer and volunteer who worked with 20 children of CRAN in a workshop of creation of stories.

Children started the activities by choosing a book that called their attention and, from there, they identified: title, location, story and characters.

Some of the titles of the stories created by the children were: Farm chicks, The dancing girls, The big book of dinosaurs, The history of the great Elmo, The girl with no belly button, Pirates vs. thieves. Most of the characters created were princesses, animals, pirates and dinosaurs.

For Pamela, the children “are special for many reasons, but what I like the most is their authenticity, they love, hug, smile and act sincerely".

"The young ones are very sweet and loving, care for each other and play like they were siblings. The bigger ones are very sincere, they are excited to see you, hope you to come back and thank you for everything and sometimes make such deep questions for their age that left me speechless", she adds.

"It is a life experience, I've become more sympathetic, tolerant, grateful and more aware of what is happening in the society".

Just like Pamela, you make the stories of our children to have happy endings with a family who loves and take care of them for a lifetime. Thanks a lot for transforming lives!

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¡Hola! Estamos muy felices porque fuimos uno de los ganadores del concurso de fotos 2015 de GlobalGiving. No lo hubiéramos logrado sin tus votos y tu apoyo para animar a tus amigos a votar por nuestra foto. ¡¡Gracias!!

Con este reporte, queremos también agradecerte a ti y a todos nuestros queridos amigos que nos apoyan con sus donaciones en GlobalGiving, porque son verdaderos héroes que hacen posible que las historias de nuestros niños se reescriban con sonrisas y oportunidades y que tengan finales felices.

Amigos como Pamela Aviles, una abogada voluntaria que trabajó con 20 niños de CRAN en un taller de creación de cuentos.

Los niños iniciaron las actividades escogiendo un libro que les llamara la atención y, a partir de allí, identificaban: título, locación, historia y personajes.

Algunos de los títulos de las historias creadas por los niños fueron: La granja de los pollitos, Las bailarinas, El gran libro de los dinosaurios, La historia del gran Elmo, La niña sin ombligo, Piratas vs. ladrones. En la creación de personajes, predominaron las princesas, los animalitos, los piratas y los dinosaurios.

Para Pamela, los niños “son especiales por muchas razones, pero la que más me gusta es su autenticidad, ellos quieren, abrazan, sonríen y actúan sinceramente”.

“Los más chiquitos son súper dulces y cariñosos, se cuidan entre ellos y juegan como hermanos. Los más grandes son muy sinceros, se emocionan al verte, esperan que vuelvas y te agradecen por todo y en ocasiones hacen preguntas tan profundas para su edad, que me han dejado sin palabras”, agrega.

“Es una experiencia de vida, me he vuelto más comprensiva, tolerante, agradecida y más consciente de lo que ocurre en la sociedad”.

Así como Pamela, tú haces posible con tu valiosa ayuda que las historias de nuestros niños tengan un final feliz con una familia que los ame y los cuide para toda la vida. ¡Muchas gracias por transformar vidas!

Stories and certificates / Cuentos y diplomas
Stories and certificates / Cuentos y diplomas

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[Abajo puedes leer este reporte en español].

The majority of the children that are welcome into our institution are living in a very precarious emotional state, given the many breaches of their rights they have endured. This explains why studying is the farthest thing from their mind and interest.

“Learning with a broken and wrinkled heart is impossible”, explains Pilar one of the teachers at CRAN. This explains why our staff surround each children with care and love, listening to them and walking hand in hand with each one to find his/her abilities and particular skills.

Such is the case of Fernando, a loving 10 year old boy, tall and strong who during his first stage in CRAN undertook the usual activities for a child his age, such as drawing, cutting or scratching in a blunt and inconstant manner.

Little by little and at his own pace, interacting with his friends, teachers and other persons in CRAN, Fernando acquired the skills and abilities to be able to carry himself normally in the day-to-day.

Soon he also showed his taste for dance and sports. He discovered that teaching his friends how to dance made him happy and he was the leader in the preparation of shows for celebrations and special days such as Teacher’s Day.

Thanks to your contributions in GlobalGiving we can offer Fernando and all children we host and take care of, an environment that allows them to unravel their full potential and the possibility to grow happy in the wait to regain their right to have a loving and caring family.

Please keep on supporting our project and to share it with all your friends and family.

Thanks for building together with us a better world for everyone!

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La gran mayoría de los niños que ingresan a nuestra institución se encuentran viviendo una situación emocional muy compleja, dadas las circunstancias de vulneración de sus derechos por las que han pasado. Por eso es comprensible que estudiar sea lo que menos quieran.

“Cuando los niños tienen su corazón arrugado, no pueden aprender”, nos explica Pilar, pedagoga de CRAN. De allí que nuestros profesionales rodeen con afecto a cada niño, lo escuchen y acompañen para hallar sus habilidades y potencialidades particulares.

Es el caso de Fernando, un niño amoroso de 10 años, alto y fuerte, que cuando llegó a CRAN asumía las actividades propias de un niño de su edad, como dibujar, recortar o rasgar, con mucha brusquedad y sin constancia.

Poco a poco, a su ritmo, en la interacción con sus amigos, profesores y demás colaboradores de CRAN, Fernando adquirió las destrezas para poder desenvolverse con normalidad en la cotidianidad.

Pronto también en él se reveló su gusto por el baile y por los deportes. Descubrió que lo hacía muy feliz enseñar a sus amigos a bailar y en su colegio lideraba las presentaciones en las celebraciones y los días especiales como el Día del Maestro.

Gracias a tus aportes en GlobalGiving, podemos brindarles a Fernando y a todos los niños que acogemos y cuidamos un entorno donde desaten todo su potencial y crezcan felices mientras recuperan su derecho a tener una familia que los ame y los cuide.

Te invitamos a seguir contribuyendo con nuestro proyecto y a difundirlo con tus amigos y familiares.

¡Gracias por construir con nosotros un mundo mejor para todos!

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[Abajo puedes leer en español este reporte].

"The “baby flowers” are so beautiful" says María, a five-year old girl when she sees the first thyme blossoms she planted herself. María and other children from CRAN have started an orchard together with some students of Santa Ana School in Bogotá. They have used hand-painted recycled bottles to plant spices and herbs. And they have started to blossom!!!

Santa Ana’s students explain to the children the many benefits they can get from the plants and their main uses.

According to Pilar, the teacher from our institutional home, the orchard is part of the therapeutic process of the children since it gives them tools for live and teaches them about the importance of the ethics of taking care: taking care of oneself and of others, of things that are common property and of the environment.

Thanks to your generosity and solidarity our children can get hold of the elements required to participate in educative activities which represent an alternative to academic scholastic tasks. Thanks to you in CRAN we can guarantee our children a protective, nutritious and caregiver environment that will allow them to develop their full potential whilst recovering their right to being part of a loving family.

Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts!!

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¡Sembrando vida y esperanza!

“Tan bonitas las florecitas bebés”, dice María, de 5 años, cuando ve los primeros brotes del tomillo que ella misma sembró.  María y otros niños de CRAN han hecho una huerta en compañía de un grupo de estudiantes del Colegio Santa Ana en Bogotá. En botellas recicladas pintadas a mano sembraron hierbas aromáticas y especias. ¡Y ya han empezado a retoñar! 

Además, las estudiantes les explican a los niños los beneficios de las plantas y sus principales usos.

De acuerdo con Pilar, la pedagoga de nuestro hogar institucional, la huerta contribuye en el proceso terapéutico de los niños, les da herramientas para la vida y les inculca la importancia de la ética del cuidado: cuidar de sí mismo, de los demás, de lo que es común y del medio ambiente.

Gracias a tu solidaridad y generosidad, los niños cuentan con los elementos para participar en actividades educativas alternativas a las académicas de su colegio. Gracias a ti en CRAN podemos garantizarles un entorno protector, nutritivo y cuidador para que desarrollen todo su potencial mientras recuperan su derecho a tener una familia que los ame. 

¡Muchas gracias desde el fondo de nuestro corazón!

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Through recreational activities, our boys and girls have been enjoying their school vacation after a successful school year. Approximately 40 children went to the public schools near our headquarters, another 20 went to the preschool run by CRAN and the remaining children received school received tutoring sessions with our professional educator.

During these vacations and with the purpose of strengthening the motor, cognitive and sensorial skills of the children, we have been carrying out with them daily recreational activities in our fun room, the video room and the gym, not forgetting CRAN’s ample green zone in the mornings and in the afternoons.

We have been working with textures, colors, smells and flavors to boost the development of each child, depending on his or her age.

The professional educator and the care givers have undertook in including in each activity with our children, a training for the day-to-day live, for example learning to get around, learning to shop, learning to win or lose, learning to share, learning teamwork and other skills that can only be achieved through practice.

During these vacations our pedagogues will give a personal tutoring to the children to reinforce their school knowledge depending on their educational level.

Today and thanks to your kind contribution we are able to offer our children a vacation that will let them rest, have fun and laugh as they well deserve it.

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Organization Information

Fundacion CRAN

Location: Bogota, Suba- Casablanca - Colombia
Website: https:/​/​www.cran.org.co
Project Leader:
Gonzalo Gutierrez
Executive director
Bogota, Colombia